Jackson’s Doctor Fighting To Keep License
Linda Deutsch, AP
Nearly a year after he went from anonymity to notoriety, Michael Jackson's doctor returns to court for a pre-trial hearing that will determine when he goes to trial and what he will be able to do in the meantime. First on the agenda will be Dr. Conrad Murray's fight to retain his California medical license. He has not been practicing in the state, but his attorney, Ed Chernoff, has maintained that loss of his license here would have a domino effect on his practices in Texas and Nevada.
Chernoff said in documents filed Friday that those two states have reached agreements to allow Murray to practice as long as he abides by a judge's order not to administer anesthetics such as propofol, which was blamed in Jackson's death. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren did not file any documents in advance of what is considered a routine legal housekeeping hearing.
After a long police investigation, Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He maintains that nothing he did should have killed Jackson.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will be asked by the state attorney general to overrule another judge's decision that allowed Murray to keep practicing. He will also take up pre-trial matters including setting up a schedule for a preliminary hearing which could be something of a mini-trial to determine whether Murray should be held for trial. He remains free on $75,000 bail.
Jackson's mother and siblings have been in court for all of Murray's appearances. Murray has continued to practice medicine in Houston and Las Vegas. Last month, the cardiologist made news when he stabilized a woman who fell unconscious and had a weak pulse on a US Airways flight from Houston.